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Friday, January 8, 2010

A perfect baby food and diabetic friendly, Ragi(Finger millet) Porridge


Ragi(Finger millet) is predominately a crop grown in Africa and Asia.I was introduced to this wonder food few years back by a South Indian friend when discussing about perfect baby foods.The nutritious ragi ,fed to babies(6 months and up), happens to be a popular one among Indian moms.No wonder,Ragi is a good source of vital nutrients including calcium ,iron,B vitamins, Protein, Carbohydrate, Iodine and minerals.Also its sugar free nature,makes it ideal for diabetics and as such every health-conscious being.Ragi(flour or seeds) is found in any well stocked Indian stores.

I use fine ground flour for making this porridge.Although you could use the ragi seeds soaked overnight and grind to a paste with little water and use the paste instead of the flour.Add some flavor to enhance the taste.Young or old this can be a equally enjoyable breakfast porridge.

Recipe : Diabetic friendly Ragi Porridge
Ingredients
serves 2
2 cups reduced fat Organic milk
1 1/2 tablespoon(about 5 teaspoon) Ragi flour
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon brown or red rice flour(optional)
2 teaspoon Low GI sugar substitutes like Agave nectar
1 cup fresh or frozen fruits,chopped

Method
Mix the ragi flour,cocoa powder,cardamom and rice flour in a small bowl.
In a small saucepan,start heating the milk on medium-low,while the milk warms,stir in the ragi mixture.Keep stirring constantly to prevent lumps,use a whisk for best results.Turn the heat off when mixture is thickened with porridge like consistency.Mix in the sugar substitute and fruits.Serve warm.I also add some nuts to mine.

How do you like your Ragi?

31 comments:

Muneeba said...

I've heard a lot about this ragi flour .. may have seen it once or twice in my local indian store, but never really knew what one could do with it! Now I do, so thks :)

SE said...

one of the most healthiest flours...and is good in the summers as it has a cooling effect on the body !

Shama Nagarajan said...

healthy recipe..nice photo

notyet100 said...

this looks so yummy,nd healthy

Priya said...

Just love ragi porridge, this porridge with fruits looks really awesome Yas..

Asha said...

OMG! That looks good. Only yesterday, I was thinking of my grandma's Ragi porridge (Savory one) and was wondering what did did she call it in Kannada. Here you are with sweet one. YUM! :)

Enjoy the weekend. I still can't remember what she called it although I know the recipe in my head! haha. May it will come to me this weekend.

shahana said...

I used to make ragi porridge often.But not with fruits n cocoa powder.This looks really delicious .Will try this way from now onwards.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That looks interesting and delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

Gulmohar said...

I used to make this poridge for both my kids..unfortunately they no longer like it, must try your recipe sometimes...:-)

Rahin said...

ragi goes gourmet...good recipe ...looks beautiful

Dershana said...

hi yasmeen, posted ragi porridge just a month ago. the type that we adults have. the ragi porridge we make for babies is a lil more process driven. i've been wanting to take pictures of what i make for abhi. your addition of cocoa sounds good.

Kate/Kajal said...

You've made this porridge looks so colourful and delicious. I cant wait to try some for breakfast and in another 2 months for my baby. Thanks , i found this post informative :)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That surely looks delicious. Yes Ragi is the perfect food for anybody.

Pavithra said...

Yah perfect for baby... offcourse for us too.

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Prathibha said...

Healthy food...Good for kids as well as adults..

Renu said...

nice recipe, will try it for my kiddo

Taste of Beirut said...

Interesting! I would love to try it one day! Thanks for sharing recipe and info Yasmeen

chakhlere said...

Porridge cant be more healthy...it looks great with those fruits!!

PJ said...

i have heard of ragi but never tried it. Looks very healthy! I am guessing this can be used as a substitute of Satu flour everywhere. Nice informative post!

Erica said...

Never heard of this! Will keep it in mind for when we decide to have kids though for sure! I want/hope to make the majority of my baby food

Johanna GGG said...

how interesting - must take a walk down to a local indian grocery to check this out

sowmya.s said...

superb recipe..looks awesome..

Arlette said...

Hello Yasmeen
this is the first time I hear about the Ragi Flour... it look very yummy, I wish I had this treat when I was a child... I will look for it in the bulk store,hope to find it. We don't have any Ethnic Food Store in North Bay....
thanks for the recipe

Rajani said...

this was one of the basic b'fast meals in the first two years of my daughters' life. I used to cook it in milk and mix in some date syrup.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

i liove this very much..snap is awesome as usual..i make with coconut milk..this looks delicious.. :)

tasteofbeirut said...

Yasmeen
I brought back some Lebanese goodies that I am giving away at the end of the month, if you are interested

nazarina said...

A really wholesome recipe Yasmeen. It sure will be interesting to try and incorporate into our diet.I should enlighten my neighbor as well, she has diabetes...I sure will direct her to your blog,Thanks for sharing.

Vibaas said...

i love ragi, but both my kids hate ragi in any form. i'll make this porridge for myself though ;-)

Ayesha said...

This looks like a delicious way to start eating ragi.

Jinni said...

If you roast the finger millet grains till it pops & then grind it into a flour it gives a more nuttier & tastier flavour. In Maldives where i come from they add sugar, rampe leaves (pandan leaves) & either milk or coconut milk and make this porrige for babies and even grown ups... also eaten as a "ladoo" by simply mixing roasted finger millet flour, sugar, scrapped coconut and mashed bananas & mixed well and made into fist sized balls... :) thank you for ur lovely recipes.

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